Torture Squad is a classic among metal bands in Brazil. They will play Rock in Rio 2019 in October, sharing the stage with Nervosa, Claustrofobia, Chuck Billy, Anthrax and Slayer.Before that, on September 18th they will release a split with the revelation band of Brazilian heavy metal “Living Metal”. This split will be released by Music Media Records.
AltarEgo announce changes in their lineup. The guitarist Bas Karman and the drummer Erwin ‘Bakvet’ Koerts left the band. Now the guitarist David and the drummer Maik make part of the AterEgo band.
Marcel Verdurmen, lead guitarist, says: “Unfortunately we have to announce that both Bas Karman and Erwin ‘Bakvet’ Koerts have decided to leave the band. Both Bas and Erwin informed us that they are no longer able to combine the band with their other band, job, and education. We are grateful for their dedication and this great adventure that we have experienced with them. Of course we have found excellent replacements for Bas and Erwin and are proud to present to you our new guitarist David and drummer Maik. Both bring a lot of talent and we look forward to continue this adventure with them.”
The band is set to play at Southern Discomfort fest in Kristiansand, Norway on September 13th. This will be the last show for Bas and Erwin. AltarEgo was founded by guitarist Marcel Verdurmen in 2016, initially as Altar, the band he was part of from 1995 to 2001 and later from 2002 to 2007. The band changed their name to AltarEgo in 2018. The band released a EP earlier this year, entitled ‘The Exorcism Of Jesus Christ’, to massive critical acclaim. More news is coming soon.
In mid-2016, Marcelo Liam (guitar) and Joao Limeira (drums) met at the Dual Noise studio in the West Zone of Sao Paulo and decided to start a metal and hardcore band.
Marcelo, with roots in a musical family, and Joao, who came from the hardcore beat of the bands Deforme and Paura, began the activities thinking of doing something authentic and with well defined characteristics: overwhelming technical riffs mixed with groove, speed and weight – lots of weight.
Once the sound was defined, they began to create the songs. After completing two of them, the vocalist Thiago Queiroz (formerly Crossfear) with his striking characteristics enter: energetic vocals, with a drive ranging from guttural to high screams.
To complete the group, Thiago called his former bandmate Rafael Claudino (bass), which added new influences, with grooves coming from soul to extreme metal.
Although they have musical influences in common, the differences in the way of playing and composing of each member add innovation and originality to the band, without losing the focus on metal and oldschool hardcore.
The result of this mixture can be listened in the debut album “Dogma,” which highlights in the lyrics how social conventions hit us and interfere in our lives, from religious dogmas to political and social conservatism, showing the ruin to which our society was led.
Inherence’s plans now are to tour around Brazil showing “Dogma” and set out for an international career.
Line up: Marcelo Liam (Guitar) João Limeira (Drums) Thiago Queiroz (Vocals) Rafael Claudino (Bass)
Reapter is a thrash-prog metal band founded in Rome 2005 by Max Pellicciotta, Emiliano Niro and Claudio Arduini. The name Reapter is derived from the two English terms: Reaper and Richter (the seismic scale).
Jury Pergolini (bass) joined the band a year later, and with his arrival the band started to write the first songs for the EP called “First One”.
The band released the first album in 2013, called M.I.N.D. via Buil2kill Records In 2016, the second album was released by Revalve Records. Like the first album, it was distributed worldwide on the most important digital platforms and physical format.
Reapter went on a tour in 2017 to promote the album with the Brazilian female thrash-metal band Nervosa for 12 gigs in Western Europe. In 2018, the band played in Goathell Metal Festival in Pula (Croatia) with Sinister and Jinjer.
Nowadays they are writing their third album, and are ready to go on a new tour around the world.
Furia is new band formed in Belgium in 2017 by the renowned producer Martin Furia (also guitarist in Bark, Marginal and Jesus Martyr) Along top class musicians like guitarist Toon Huet ( ex- Bliksem), bass player Jan Rammeloo (ex- Blikem/ex-Diablo BLVD) and young talent Pieter de Ridder (ex- Masturbator, also drummer in Off The Cross), the band initially counted Sergei Kraven (Leng Tch’e e Deepshow) on vocals, but due to lack of time he left the band before recording the first demo and Martin Furia took the vocal duties. The band surprised the audiences with powerful live performances, making lots of fans in a short time and they just released their debut EP and their first single video clip for the song “Digging My Grave”. Their debut album is already recorded and the band plans to release it before the end of the year. There are lots of plans for the band still this year so stay tuned to the bands website.
Living Metal is releasing their new video clip called “Hail the True Metal (Will Never Die)” with guest guest appearances of Girlschool, Syteria, Blitzkrieg, Tysondog, Scalla Mercalli, Pastore, Nervosa, Torture Squad, Baranga, Zumbis do Espaço, Vitor Rodrigues (ex- singer from Torture Squad and Voodoo Priest), Coven and many friends from the band as well.
band is now finishing their new tunes for their first album and will
very soon start recording at Casanegra studios with their producer
Rafael Lopes (ex-Torture Squad) who recorded, mixed and mastered the
first EP of Living Metal.
Release date is still to be confirmed, but the band promises it will happen this year.
AltarEgo is an old school death metal band from The Netherlands that has been around since the early ’90s. In 2016, former member and guitarist Marcel Verdurmen announced the comeback of Altar with a new lineup, being the biggest change going from a male to a female singer. Early 2018, the band released a videoclip for a brand new song entitled ‘Unfinished Business’ and later that year the band decided to change its name to AltarEgo, to further distance themselves from the previous Altar. After having played numerous shows in 2017 with bands like Rotting Christ and Batushka and recording their EP in 2018, the band is currently working hard on new material and is looking to release a full length album soon.
AltarEgo’s complete line-up:
Janneke de Rooy – vocals Marcel Verdurmen – guitar Bas Karman – guitar Martin Bruinewoud – bass guitar Erwin ‘Bakvet’ Koerts – drums
Traditional heavy metal band LIVING METAL is one of the most refreshing appearances in metal scene today, they bring true heavy metal from its early roots to the present days.
Rafael Romanelli (guitarist and founder) started the band as a project, but the idea and the final result were so exceptional that he felt the urge to start a new band, but that wouldn’t be just any other band.
Bearing influences from Judas Priest, Manowar, Saxon, Accept, Iron Maiden, etc… LIVING METAL stood out since the beginning, impressing and inspiring their producer (Rafael Lopes – ex-Torture Squad) to create the real old school sound. He contributed to their debut EP that was already born a classic.
At this moment the band is preparing new songs for their first full length and recordings are due to begin on March 2019. A world tour is already being booked and the first shows will happen next trimester of 2019.